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Unread 02-08-2013, 08:38 AM   #1
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Best Ways to Make Friends at Cons?

I'm going to my second con in about a month, and I'm extremely excited. My memory of the first one is a bit of a blur at this point, but I know I didn't feel like I had very many opportunities to really interact and connect with anyone outside of the friends I came with.

So I'm wondering how others have managed to make friends at conventions?! Considering it seems like the perfect place to get to know people that share the same interests as you.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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Definitely go to gatherings and get a chance to meet other fans of the series you are cosplaying from. Don't be afraid to talk to people, compliment then on their cosplays, ask how they did they make specific things, ask them what else they're into...small talk stuff. Most people at conventions are very friendly, and open to meeting and talking to new people. You can always ask the people who you talk to if they maybe want to hang out afterwards, but like I said...ask first, don't go stalking them around the convention.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 11:36 AM   #3
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The best place I've found to talk to strangers is waiting in lines. Yep. Ain't nobody going nowhere.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 11:37 AM   #4
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Find out where there's going to be meet-ups of the series you're cosplaying from, I've made pretty much all of my cosplay friends this way (excluding the ones I met online) and I've made a LOT of them. It's best to find out beforehand by looking on the convention's forum or something but if you get there and you don't know, I've sometimes just asked cosplayers from the same series if they know where it's going to be. (If it's a big fandom that's sure to have a meet-up like Homestuck)
Complimenting people can also lead to conversation sometimes.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 12:03 PM   #5
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i always find it hard to make friends at cons. with my friends i already have, im not shy and will talk easy. but with people i dont know and trying to become friends with, i feel scared that im going to say something wrong(happens a bit with me). im kind of shy.

at one of my last cons i went to, these group of girls got really excited about who i was cosplaying and took pictures with me and stuff. They were super nice. But when i saw them later on, I called out to them and said hi. They looked my way and ignored me. I dont think they did it on purpose but then again, i was right next to them so im sure they heard me.

Each time i go to a con, it seems like i don't have much friends to go with anymore so i want to make new friends at cons but it seems really hard for me.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 12:13 PM   #6
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Ever since I first went, I met a LOT of people at cons. The ways I have done this and have made friends have been:

- Taking part in team (randomly chosen) gameshows. If the team is friendly enough, I am sure after the game, most would be willing to keep in contact. I did once where my team won, and we even exchanged email addresses.

- Planning online meetings.... I met one girl at a CLAMP photoshoot plan, and she was pretty awesome. She even gave me a box of pocky. xD

- Having friends within a state or two away I know online attend. I have as much as had my guild leader in White Knight Chronicles attend Anime Boston before after I told him about it, and he came, and I watched the Masquerade with him and his friends before.

- Cosplaying popular, yet not so popular to be cosplayed characters, like Alphose Elric in the suit of armor, or a Gundam, or something. A lot of attention is given to those people.

- With the above said, full body suits in general tend to really catch people to you, which in turn, might start conversations.

- If you are a male, pulling off a decent female crossplay tends to really get people interested with you too. I have done this and I have had store vendors and people talk to me all happy like and such. Always interesting to people seeing guys work so well that they pass off. Once someone finds out you are a guy, it will be a big alienation, or a big "WOW, YOU ROCK"

- Try to make yourself stand out. Break dance to music or whatever.

- Be plain nice. Hold doors for people, compliment costumes, and if someone loses something, and you are sure you know who lost it, give it back. Little things like that can make someone very happy.

The more you make yourself memorable, the better the odds of making people want to be your friends. It's not very hard, but it works out best too if you are engaging. There are FAR more introvertive people at conventions than extrovertive. Be an extrovert, and you open doors.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #7
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The best place I've found to talk to strangers is waiting in lines. Yep. Ain't nobody going nowhere.
^ Ditto
If anything you will have a great conversation

Don't make yourself feel like you have to be cosplay something cool to draw people. Just have fun being a character you love.
The best way is just being friendly. Photoshoot and meet up are nice because you already know that you have one thing in common.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 03:54 PM   #8
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- Try to make yourself stand out. Break dance to music or whatever.

The more you make yourself memorable, the better the odds of making people want to be your friends. It's not very hard, but it works out best too if you are engaging. There are FAR more introvertive people at conventions than extrovertive. Be an extrovert, and you open doors.
^This. If you can incorporate something in a performance sense with your cosplay you will definitely have a nice ice breaker. After you break the ice be a friendly and engaging, but not creepy extrovert. It works for me at least.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 04:40 PM   #9
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I've met some cosplayer friends by taking pics of myself with them and showing them later on internet, like saying "Hey, I got a pic of myself with you!", it doesn't always work for me but it's a great way.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #10
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Is it harder to interact with people if your cosplay is obscure?
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Unread 02-08-2013, 06:41 PM   #11
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Seems like a lot of people are mentioning gatherings and photoshoots, which I didn't even think of! I didn't cosplay the last time I went, so I can see why people weren't as likely to say anything to me!

Thanks so much for all the advice!
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Unread 02-08-2013, 07:26 PM   #12
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Personally, I've found that, and as rude as it sounds, but involving yourself in other people's conversations around you, can get you miles!

Whereas in the 'regular' world, you butt in to a conversation and you will get a short, stunted conversation, where they clearly are uncomfortable with you. At conventions, people are just so much more relaxed about being approached by strangers. But that is how I met most of my friends! 99% of con-goers I have met are so lovely and we have great little chats, which we continue online after the con and it goes from there.

Another way is just not being afraid to chat to someone if you ask them for a photo. I mean if they are obviously in a rush to get somewhere then leave them be, but I find it common courtesy to show them a photo after you have taken it, and that is the perfect window for chit-chat, and it gives you your starting questions to get to know them [how long did it take to make? how much of the anime/manga/game/etc have you seen/read/etc].

The only thing I will add is not EVERY con go-er thinks this way, as obvious as this might sound. Some people, and I'm on about the tiniest of minorities will not be accommodating and won't appreciate it, so at the same time as not being scared of approaching people/being approached, remember your stranger danger, and if they seem really tense/nervous/angry, cut it short and walk away.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 12:49 AM   #13
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Go to the photoshoots. Easiest way to find someone who at least has one thing in common with you.

Take someone's picture if you like their cosplay. You can usually start a small conversation with the cosplayer IF 1)the cosplayer doesn't have to be somewhere, and 2)three or more other people are not taking a photo as well.

I feel it's pretty easy to talk to the few people that bring something to play music with and dance in a non crowded space. I doubt many people actually stop to dance with them so the group must be happy to have someone join them.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 02:53 AM   #14
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The best place I've found to talk to strangers is waiting in lines. Yep. Ain't nobody going nowhere.
I have to agree with this one. A couple of people I met from the Avatar photo shoot earlier in the day were kind of wandering around afterward We got stuck in the back of a line with a really tall Vash the Stampede----ironically waiting to get in to see the premier of the latest Trigun movie (not yet dubbed!). It was awesome. We were all like, "We got Vash. Whadda you got?"

We were there in line for an hour. Great guys, good times, awesome movie.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 07:23 AM   #15
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Photos gatherings are great even if you aren't in cosplay and just want to take picture or see people's costumes

And I can't believe no one has said this, but business cards are great for trading information quickly. Its also a great excuse if you take their picture. "You can find the picture on my blog or you can email me if you want a copy."
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